“Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest,” she tweeted from her official account, which has over 100 million followers.
According to reports, the Ministry of Home Affairs ordered the suspension of internet services in the border areas of Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri from Saturday, while the Haryana government has cut off connectivity in seven districts until Wednesday.
Rihanna's tweet received overwhelming responses, including one from the Kisan Ekta Morcha handle, online voice of the protesting farm unions. “Glad! Thanks @rihanna for expressing your concern towards the ongoing farmers protest. ‘Hopeful’ that the masses stand by the truth. Whole world can see but why can’t govt??” it said.
A New York-based rights group, Sikh Coalition, also thanked the 32-year-old for casting more international spotlight on the subject. “For over a week, the Indian government has been suspending internet services around #FarmersProtest sites in a clear affront to the freedom of speech,” the group tweeted.